1. Which unis like/dislike resits of as (really think i mucked up biology)
This should be written on their website entry requirements, if in doubt, email them. I resat some modules of AS & A2 and also has to extend sixth form by a year due to exceptional circumstances (which were mentioned in my head of sixth form's reference). I still got interviewed at RVC, Liv, Cam & Notts, and on some of these which I didn't get into, their feedback was nothing to do with my exams. I know someone else who repeated all of AS year as she didn't do well enough, and moved to a different school, and still got in. Can you resit a few modules of AS to bump your score up rather than starting from scratch and repeating a year? If so, then work hard and try to improve your score, and I am sure there will be a lot of Unis who will be willing to take you providing you strong points elsewhere in your application. If you did badly because of teaching issues (e.g. AS teacher leaving part way through, or off sick for a long time, your school should write this in their ref). Again, check with the Unis what their policy is!
2. I have been possibly the most unlucky person with lambing (i volunteer at a farm every day i came in (which was a lot) no lambs and i went on a lambing day at a college and still no lambs!!! does anyone know of anywhere in the southampton area i could do some lambing experience?
Look up the internet & yellow pages for numbers. Lambing happens 2x a year, you can still get some lambing in your xmas holidays! If you can't fine a farm nearby, ring up and ask if farmers will let you stay with them, or stay with family/friends or book a B&B.
Again, as others have said, it's not just about seeing a lamb being born, its about the care of the ewes too!
3. if i don't have lambing will that seriously reduce my chances
Ideally, lots of Unis like this, but it's not the be all and end all! One Liv vet here didn't do any. Be sure to make up for it in other ways - calving for instance, or other farm placements. Include a variety in placements (whatever that may be) overall and if you can do weekends for a number of months, then that shows commitment also.
4. What are my chances of getting into a scottish uni (i live in england )
No idea, I never applied as I felt it was to expensive to travel up there and too long a journey. Technically, They are not allowed to discriminate and favour scot students.
5. If all goes crap can i do a zoology degree and then a vet med ???
Yes, but the fees are horrendous. Not sure what they are, but you pay full tuition fees for your 2nd degree (£20k?/year for some, possibly more now with all the changes) and I am not sure whether you can get loans to cover this. This route is not an easy one - grad entry is extremely competitive too! You're better off saving yourself 3 years of hard work, and huge costs and take a gap year and re-apply. Some unis like reapplicants (like Liverpool) and these people are often more ready for Uni than people who are fresh out of college. A year in your life is not a long time, and if your heart is set on this, that is probably you best route if you don't get in this time round.
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or if you're from another EU country!
(Original post by dizzeedollee)
Having said that however Edinburgh vet school recently published a couple of stats explaining how they distribute their places. The Scottish government fund places for Scottish home students so they have to place a limit on the number of Scottish students that can be accepted into certain degrees. In Edinburgh, for the normal D100 vet med degree 33 out of 72 places for undergraduates are allocated to Scottish home students and EU students
. The rest of the 39 are allocated to students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. So although it is possible for an English student to gain a place at a Scottish university, as you can see it's a lot easier if you're Scottish
I know loads of Austrians who are going to study in Scotland (not VetMed necessarily) as it is free for them too. Surely loads of other Europeans are also taking this opportunity to get a "British" education for free (usually with a much better reputation than their home uni) and taking up spaces which the Scottish government has paid for
Don't want to start a big discussion here but I do think it's very unfair.....(my Grandma was born in Glasgow by the way ) If they are still running Scottish unis like this in 10 years time maybe my eldest daughter will enroll with her Austrian passport (she has dual citizenship!)
Sorry for the off topic post!
Good luck to all of you getting a place, wherever you end up!
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